RESTORED IN WINDSOR MAROON, UPGRADED IGNITION, VERY CLEAN, SHOW-N-GO RESTO
The Ford Model T has been a mainstay of the old car hobby for more than 100 years, and there's no sign that enthusiasm for the Tin Lizzie is waning. If you enjoy touring in an early Ford, then this beautifully restored 1926 touring car will suit you, well, to a T.
1926 was close to the end of the line for the Model T, but that didn't mean that popularity was diminishing; they built nearly 1.7 million of them in 1926! They remained affordable, rugged machines that anyone could drive and service, and that's certainly true with this handsome touring car. With a very recent restoration, this Model T is completely sorted and nicely finished. By 1926, Henry was allowing more than just basic black, and the deep Windsor Maroon finish with black fenders is a timeless look that ideally suits the upright Ford. Fit and finish are excellent, quite likely better than new, with all four doors fitting tight to the body and a hood that snugs down without rattling on the road. A correct black radiator shell and nickel-plated headlight rings give it an authentic 1926 look, and accessories include a side mirror and a cover for the spare tire, complete with Ford oval.
Basic black leatherette is what all open Model Ts received and it's been restored to period correct standards with pleats and buttons. Door panels are brutally simple swatches of cardboard and leatherette with small cutouts for the door handles. Floors remained wood, along with much of the body's framing, and the dash was still a simple affair with just controls for the ignition system and an ammeter (even a speedometer was optional!), although there's an accessory Boyce moto-meter out on the radiator to keep an eye on temperature. Controls will be familiar to anyone who's driven a T, but if you've never been behind the wheel, don't worry; millions have mastered it and you'll be driving like an experienced T pilot in no time. Overhead, there's a new folding top with a clear rear window and it secures in the lowered position with new leather straps.
The Model T's powerplant continued to be a 177 cubic inch inline four, which was rated at about 20 horsepower, but its performance feels like twice that much. Most of that is due to the good low-end torque and smart gearing, and once it's in high, this T is happy to cruise at 35 MPH without complaints. The block is finished in black engine enamel with a correct updraft carburetor that's still fed by gravity to keep things simple. A newer ignition system improves performance and is a common upgrade for Ts that are going to be driven, as is the alternator upgrade that ensures a strong spark at any speed. Most of the chassis was restored and shows correct black running gear and a reproduction exhaust system with just the right sound. Model Ts still used 2-wheel brakes, but they're more than adequate for the car's modest performance. Handsome wood spoke wheels are painted black, too, and wear new 4.5/4.75-21 blackwalls, as original.
Dependable and fun, the Model T is both an excellent starter collectable and the object of many enthusiasts' collections. With charm that will never go out of style, this Model T touring is ready to enjoy today. Call now!
- Manual Convertible Top
- Vinyl Interior
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